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Berlin Highlights 2017

The event highlights at a glance:

  • IGA Berlin 2017 – An Ocean of Colours
  • 500 Years of the Reformation
  • Berlin open-air: Fete de la Musique and Carnival of Cultures

In Berlin, there’s always so much to do, every day of the year, any time of the day – a sparkling array of events, highlights, entertainment and culture. Berlin is 365/24. Berlin has many great events on offer in 2017: The IGA Berlin turns Marzahn into a colourful hotspot and the German Protestant Church Assembly takes place in Berlin.

IGA Berlin 2017 – An Ocean of Colours

Illustration Seilbahn IGA Berlin
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186 days of urban green in Marzahn-Hellersdorf: From 13 April to 15 October 2017, the first international garden show IGA in Berlin will focus on urban natures and culture in diverse dimensions. On the premises around the Gardens of the World, the Kienberg and the valley of the river Wuhle, the IGA will make international garden art come alive and will give new impulses for modern urban development. A funicular, which will float above the exhibitions grounds, and a summer toboggan run at the 100 metre high Kienberg are also planned. The newly-built Kienbergpark around the IGA grounds will be accessible free of charge after the garden show. Apart from extensive offerings for garden lovers, diverse events and activities for young and old will inform about urban gardening.

More information are available at

500 Years of the Reformation

To mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, other events will take place in Berlin all year round, which are connected with Luther, his work and developments up to the present day.

  • Open-air exhibition "Paradise is everywhere"

    Open air citywide exhibition held from Easter to Whitsun, which makes paradise-like urban spaces visible in Berlin and informs about the effects of the Reformation on everyday life in present Berlin.

    Various places in the city, 16 April to 4 June, and

  • Luther exhibition at the Staatsbibliothek

    Under the title "Bible - Theses - Propaganda" the Berlin Staatsbibliothek will show three of the surviving original prints of the 95 theses against the selling of indulgences. Even more original Luther documents can be seen in the exhibition.

    Berlin Staatsbibliothek, 3 February to 2 April 2017,

  • The Luther effect. 500 years after the Reformation

    The German Historical Museum in the Martin-Gropius-Bau shows a large exhibition devoted to Luther's work and its consequences. In addition to Germany, the USA, South Korea and Tanzania are also being considered.

    Martin-Gropius-Bau, 12 April to 5 November 2017,

  • German Protestant Kirchentag

    As part of the Kirchentag (church day), civil debates about religion and religious boundaries will be encouraged as part of worship services, concerts, podiums, lectures and workshops.

    To be held at various locations in Berlin and Wittenberg, 24 to 28 May 2017,

Berlin open-air: Fete de la Musique and Carnival of Cultures

Karneval der Kulturen
© visitBerlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

Fête de la Musique

International day of music with music programmes from all genres all over the city. This event is a highlight for all music-lovers, onlookers and spontaneous Kiez visitors.

(Open-air) stages in all of Berlin, 21 June 2017,

Carnival of Cultures

Colourful four-day street festival with huge carnival parade on Whit Sunday; on Saturday there is also an independent children’s carnival.

Blücherplatz, 2-5 June 2017,

Lollapalooza Berlin

Two days of live music, fashion, food, and art – since 2015, the most important US-American pop festival takes place in Berlin.

Location to be announced, 9-10 September 2017,

Winter in Berlin

Christmas Markets in Berlin

More than 60 Christmas markets for all tastes begin welcoming guests starting in November with traditional gingerbread, mulled wine, and roasted chestnuts.

Various locations, from the end of November 2017,

New Year’s Eve Party at Brandenburg Gate

Stage programme, party mile and spectacular midnight fireworks show.

Brandenburger Tor and Straße des 17. Juni, 31 December 2017,

Silvester am Brandenburger Tor
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Silvester am Brandenburger Tor